ZTE Says Security Patch for Score In the Works
Handset maker ZTE has confirmed reports of a security hole in its Score Android smartphone and says a patch is being developed to plug the hole. "ZTE is actively working on a security patch and expects to send the update over-the-air to affected users in the very near future," ZTE said in a statement emailed to Reuters. "We strongly urge affected users to download and install the patch as soon as it is rolled out to their devices." Researchers discovered the security hole, which they are describing as a backdoor that could allow others to take control of the handset. ZTE and Chinese counterpart Huawei have struggled to make inroads with U.S. network operators due to security concerns, though the concerns center more on networking gear than with consumer devices.
Android Messages with RCS to Reach More Phones On More Carriers
Google says its Android Messages app is on the upswing thanks to new RCS-based tools and growing support from phone makers and wireless network operators. To start, brands now have more power to interact with consumers thanks to RCS business messaging.
Google's ARCore 1.0 Released to Public, Google Lens Hits More Handsets
Google today made ARCore 1.0 available to developers and the public, bringing augmented reality to some 100 million smartphones around the world. Handsets compatible with ARCore include Google’s Pixel, Pixel XL, Pixel 2, and Pixel 2 XL; Samsung’s Galaxy S8, S8+, Note8, S7, and S7 edge; LGE’s V30 and V30+; Asus’s Zenfone AR; and OnePlus’s OnePlus 5.
ZTE's Axon 7 Gains a Security Patch
ZTE has pushed a maintenance release to its aging Axon 7 flagship handset device in order to patch up the phone's security. Primarily, the update applies Google's security fixes through the December 2017 patch.
Google Pixel and Nexus Devices Gain November Security Patch
Google today made its monthly security update available to its branded Android devices. November's patch plugs a handful of security holes that threaten Android devices.